While I was shopping at Hobby Lobby, I spotted the perfect thing to use to update the pendent lights in our home.
DIY Pendent Lights in Under 10 Minutes
And all of the metal items were 50% off!!!
We have three pendent lights in our basement. While I like the glass shades, there were 10 years old and needed to be update.
Step 1: Remove the existing light shade
1 - I began by removing the light bulb
2 & 3 - then I unscrewed the plastic ring that holds the shade onto the pendent light
4 - and left the socket waiting for the new shade
Step 2: Shopping
I purchased three of these metal baskets (that sort of look like kitchen graters). I liked them because of the holes and they had a metal bottom.
Step 3: Remove the handle
I didn't want the handles so I carefully cut them off using a tin snips.
Step 4: Mark bottom
1 - I measured the bottom of the metal basket and marked the center
2 - As a guide, I used the plastic ring that held the glass shade in place
3 - I centered the ring in the middle of the bottom of the basket
4 - and drew a circle
Step 5: Create a hole in the bottom
1 - Using a screwdriver and a hammer, I punched a hole in the center of the circle,
2 - then I used a tin snip to cup away the circle.
Step 6: Hang new shade
I threaded the light socket through the hole in the bottom of the metal basket
Step 7: Secure shade
I reattached the plastic ring, screwing it securely to the socket and added a light bulb.
And Ta-da! New metal light shades...
...and they cast a really neat glow in the evening.
Each shade took under 10 minutes to create so the whole project took under 30 minutes total and cost under $20.